Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Kelsea has been raised to be queen, but her throne is not secure. Her uncle wants her dead, nearby Mortsmene threatens her kingdom, and her allies doubt her. Can a trained but inexperienced girl find the strength to become a queen?

Kelsea isn’t a storybook princess. Her life in isolation wasn’t bliss, she isn’t beautiful, and her mother’s legacy works against her. Her unique circumstances add flavor to her coming of age story. Other characters have conflicted loyalties or hidden depths which also make them interesting. There is plenty of world building with politics, magic, and a science fiction dystopic origin for the Tearling. Queen of the Tearling offers interesting characters, worldbuilding, and genreblending fantasy.

Want more books like Queen of the Tearling?

A kingdom is threatened by royal politics, a threat from Winter, and a mad prince’s plotting in A Game of Thrones by George A. Martin.

When an exiled prince unexpectedly becomes emperor he finds dangers to his kingdom and himself in The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison.

A young woman finds she is a princess and must win a vicious power struggle to survive in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin.

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